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    Gen2 2025R & MX5 Rotary Cutter?

    Hello All,
    Been trying to search the forum to see if anyone has/is running a MX5 rotary cutter on a Gen2 2025R but haven been finding much. There is a thread already about this, just send me a link please.

    Long story short, I have a 48” cutter, but have never cared for the way it cuts due to lack of adjustments and a solid/closed back and debris can’t escape. Therefore I’ve been debating upgrading but not sure if I want to go 48” or 60”. Been looking at John Deere, Frontier, and Woods cutters. For JD, there are LX models (light duty) and MX models (medium duty). For whatever reason, I can find much better deals on a 60” JD MX5 than on the comparable lighter duty models. However, the weight and PTO HP requirements listed by JD for the MX5 has me a little concerned for the 2025R. So does anyone have any experience running a MX5 on a 2025R by chance?
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    Do you know how heavy the MX cutters are? You could probably do it but you'll feel that sucker banging around back there, especially on that small of a tractor.
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    I have the 48 inch Brush Bull, the heavier Woods model on my 1025r. It handles it ok and the cutter is a beast but ts heavy. I am in the process of upgrading to a 2025. Same HP, an inch wider. I think itll handle the cutter a bit better but even with a higher weight capacity on the 3 pt, I dont have any plans to go to a bigger cutter. I think its right for the 25 HP machines.
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    Oddly enough, the weight is not listed in the specs:

    Rotary Cutters | MX5 Rotary Cutter | John Deere US t


    But it does say min 25 horsepower
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    The MX-5 is a heavy rugged cutter, I just went through this same search for the same reasons you listed last year. I opted for the FrontierRC2060, it is not a rugged as the MX-5 but are you really going to be cutting 2" material with a tractor this size? FWIW, the Frontier cutter is a very good cutter IMO, the bulk of your decision is going to come down to what you plan on cutting, where this is going to happen i.e., in the woods, open fields etc. etc.. I mow pastures and fields that are not worthy of making hay, for that, the Frontier is a superb rotary cutter.
    I think you could run the MX-5, but not to it's full capability.
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    Yes, I am aware of the much heavier weight of the MX5, which is where most of my skepticism comes from. It will mostly be used for grassy field, light brush. Not cutting anything really over an inch in most cases. So I know the frontier 2060 or JD LX4 or 5 or RC 4 or 5 from Woods would all be sufficiently built for my needs. But the cost of these said models seem way high compared to the MX5 which I know is a much better built unit. Basically no matter which way I go, I know I’m getting something good for my money, but it seems like the MX5 is just the better unit when comparing used prices. I can find used MX5’s for 1200-1600 in really good shape, but the others are in the same price range, but generally more beat up and overall just a lighter duty unit. I believe in “you get what you pay for” and I just have a hard time paying the same or more for a lesser built product!
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    I guess if you can find a MX-5 for the same price as the others then go for it, just remember that you are quite a bit under the HP requirements, but what you describe is exactly what I use my Frontier for and it's not beat up.
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    I think the reason you are finding a lot of MX5 cutters at low price is they have breakage problems (more MX6 than MX5) and JD wont stand behind them. Just google MX6 gear box.

    For a medium duty cutter, I would get the Woods BB60 before I would buy an MX5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    Oddly enough, the weight is not listed in the specs:

    Rotary Cutters | MX5 Rotary Cutter | John Deere US t


    But it does say min 25 horsepower
    I have an old brochure that list weight as 823lbs. I think that is due to the double deck top. Gear box is rated 54HP

    Frontier RC1060 weight is 583lbs and gear box 65HP

    Woods BB60 is 604lbs and gear box 65HP
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebrafive View Post
    I have an old brochure that list weight as 823lbs. I think that is due to the double deck top. Gear box is rated 54HP

    Frontier RC1060 weight is 583lbs and gear box 65HP

    Woods BB60 is 604lbs and gear box 65HP
    My Frontier is actually made by Woods I do believe.
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